Tag: snacking

Chocolate Purchases Dip Despite Candy Viewed as Energy Boost

A new report from Mintel suggests one-third of Americans rationalize purchasing chocolate as an energy boost. Meanwhile, new research suggests a direct connection between dark chocolate and reducing factors that contribute to essential hypertension.

Mochi Mania Reaches Donut Shops

Mochi donuts are a mix between American-style donuts and Japanese mochi and originated in Hawaii. Mochi donuts are typically circular, like an American donut, but are pieced together with eight small balls that can be pulled apart and come in many different flavors. 

The Scary Truth: Inflation Impacting Halloween Plans

This fall, candy manufacturers are faced with a frightening reality: many shoppers are planning to ease back on Halloween-related purchases. A new Halloween Spending Trends report revealed 73% of Americans said their shopping for the …

Unpacking How and Why Gen Z Snacks

Everyone in the food industry wants to crack the code on Gen Z, but what are the reasons behind the generation’s food purchases?

State of the Industry: Snack & Bakery

The American Bakers Association (ABA) and SNAC International recently hosted a webinar describing the current state of the snack and bakery industry. Presented in partnership with Circana (formerly IRI), the webinar featured a slew of …

Snack 50: The Surprising WHYs Behind Gen Z’s Snack Decisions

Earlier this summer, market research company Alpha-Diver and The Food Institute released the first ever Snack 50 report, the industry’s first measure of the psychological drivers of real-world consumer decision-making as it relates to snacking. …

Food Innovation Strategies in 2023

Innovation isn’t accidental; companies that successfully innovate are rigorous and disciplined, according to SnackFutures’ Barbara Schandl.

The Better-for-You Blockbuster Snacking Season Has Arrived

As families gear up for movie night across the country and CPG companies figure out how to get their snacks off the shelves and into the hands of consumers before the previews even start, what constitutes a typical movie night snack, for many, is going the way of the dinosaurs.

Groundbreaking Consumer Insight: The Snack 50 Psychological Ranking

According to Circana Group and reported by The Wall Street Journal, nearly half of American consumers snack three times or more every day, a figure up 8% in the past two years. Last year, U.S. snack sales soared to over $180 billion, up 11% from the previous year.

How to Win in the 2023 Snacking Universe

“Snacking is still a lifestyle in the U.S., fueled by the younger generation,” Wyatt began. “We’re in an unprecedented situation as price hikes in this category are outpacing other food/bev categories.”

NA Drinks & Wings Win Super Bowl Sunday

Chicken wings are cheap and beer is expensive. Amid inflation, brands need an omnichannel approach to reach consumers, especially as it relates to snacking.

State of the Snack Food Industry & Outlook

The US snack foods industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace. With consumers snacking more frequently, leaning towards a plant-forward diet, and adopting a healthy indulgence mindset, snack food manufacturers have shifted their corporate ...

Analysis: Why Dieting is on the Rise

Roughly 52 percent of respondents in The International Food Information Council’s (IFIC) Food & Health Survey 2022 said they followed a diet or eating pattern in the last year — up 13% from the year …

Consumers Diving into Frozen Desserts

Consumers’ perpetual sweet tooth for frozen treats continues to drive category sales, despite equally persistent supply chain challenges. In particular, the frozen novelty segment has been a powerhouse over the past few years, with April …

Trail Mix Market on Path to Significant Growth

Companies producing trail mix are on the path to higher revenue. In fact, the trail mix market size is set to grow by $11.2 billion by 2026, according to global market research firm Technavio, which …

FI Fast Break audio news: May 4, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine: weakening consumer confidence, a surge in America’s snacking, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – May 4, 2022 …

IRI: Snacking at Home Trend Destined to Continue

Snacking behavior continues to evolve as more consumers return to work and resume activities outside the home. In the months ahead, companies should anticipate demand for on-the-go items —including snack bars and single-serve packaging — …

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Something to Nibble on: the Rise of Snacking

The snack market experienced an uptick during the pandemic, as many consumers found comfort from items like popcorn during lockdowns. The global snack food market was valued at approximately $427 billion in 2020 and, according …

Q&A: Kellogg Exec Notes How Pandemic Has Altered Snacking

Nigel Hughes had an uncomfortable thought at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. The SVP of global research and development at The Kellogg Company feared his company might struggle in the snack space amid pandemic lockdowns, since …

How Mars Wrigley Imagines the Future of Food

What does the future of food and snacking look like? Mars Wrigley Global Foresight Leader Joanna Lepore joins The Food Institute Podcast to discuss the 5- and 10-year prospects for chocolate, confectionary, and other munchables. …

New Stats Show Snacking Intensifying During Pandemic

New stats suggest consumer eating habits are shifting away from the traditional three meals per day toward more frequent snacking. Over the past five years, Americans added 25 between-meal snacking occasions per capita, from 505 …

Key Lessons from the KIND Acquisition by Mars

Mars’ acquisition of the KIND brand is more than the latest or the largest strategic acquisition by a large food company. In this acquisition, the real “news” is the lessons its 16-year development contains for …

How COVID is Changing Snacking Habits

More than 8 in 10 Americans (85%) changed their food habits since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the 2020 Food and Health Survey, an annual survey commissioned by the International Food Information …

Time-Constrained Consumers Replace Meals with Healthy Snacks

Millennials and Generation Z consumers trying to balance work with other activities, along with more singles in homes, are demographics driving a trend toward healthier snacking that is replacing full, sit-down meals, experts say. Snacking …